7 of the Most Beautiful Cities to Visit in Italy

7 Cities in Italy Which Are Most Beautiful to Visit

Italy has always been one of my most favourite countries in Europe. With its rich pasta sauces, it’s cheesy out-of-this-world pizzas, its vast array of architecture and it’s incredibly flavourful gelato, Italy is a must-visit country, even if you’re not much of a history fan. I’m pretty sure I could come up with at least a hundred different reasons why one should visit Italy and I’m sure it won’t be the least bit difficult. Maybe I’ll save that for a different post but for now, I’ve compiled a list of the 7 most beautiful cities to visit in Italy. I would start at the top and work your way down, ticking them off your bucket list.

1. Milan

 The capital of Lombardy and the home of finance, fashion and design, Milan is truly spectacular. It may hold a reputation for being one of the most expensive cities in Europe but the city has plenty to offer and enough to make travellers visit time and time again without getting bored. Despite its industrial roots, the city boasts a great deal in terms of culture, architecture and gastronomy.

Best time to visit Milan: The best times to see Milan is from April to May or September to October. These spring and fall months avoid the city’s crazy peak tourism seasons and also the unbearable heatwaves during summer. 

2. Rome

 Of course Rome would be on the list. What was once one of the leading cities in all of Europe, remains one of the richest and most powerful. The city is a globally renowned powerhouse for culture and history, a city where you’ll find some of the greatest landmarks such as the Colosseum, the works of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and the most astounding buildings you wouldn’t want to miss such as the Vatican.

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Best time to visit Rome: I visited Rome in July and the heat was unbearable. Your best bet would be visiting Rome from March to May as the weather is fairly pleasant, or September to November if you don’t mind a little rain.

3. Venice

 You can’t plan a trip to Italy without seeing the romantic city of Venice. Built over a lagoon, Venice is truly one-of-a-kind. For first time visitors, the canal system may make navigation seem a little difficult but once you’ve cracked it, you’ll find a vast array of attractions that will just take your breath away, including the Piazzo San Marco and its famed church.

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 Best time to visit Venice: You’re best booking a trip to Venice during the cooler months of March, April or May. If you don’t mind the heat, July and August would be a good option too. However, if you wanted to experience Venice when the streets are filled with unbeatable energy, visit Venice in February. You’ll be immersed in a festival of masks, costumes, street festivals and millions of tourists that are eager to experience the biggest masquerade in the world.

4. Pisa

 Pisa is one of Italy’s most visited cities and a place that is definitely worth the visit if you have a day or two. Although Pisa is best known for being home to the famous and world’s iconic leaning tower, there are so many more reasons to visit this great city. Pisa is one of the best (and cheapest) gateways to the beautiful region of Italy – Tuscany, where you can find Cinque Terre, Florence and other lesser known destinations such as Siena and Pitigliano. A perfect place to soak in some Italian history and culture.

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 Best time to visit Pisa: The best time to visit Pisa is from May to June as you’ve got the great combination of pleasant weather and festivals that fill the streets with energy. The 16th June is known for the crazy street festivals where the city is made to look like one big lantern because of the candles that will be lit in every single block.

5. Florence

Florence is one of the most beautiful cities on earth, let alone in Italy. The name even sounds beautiful! Florence is amongst Italy’s most important renaissance centres, which makes it a popular place for art lovers across the globe. This phenomenal city features famous paintings and sculptures from some of the best and well-known artists in history such as Michelangelo’s David, Leonardo da Vinci and canvases by Botticelli.

Best time to visit Florence: Florence is at it’s best between March and June or September to November. This is when you’ll find the weather most comfortable. Avoid school holiday seasons like July to August. Florence is a popular destination and you’ll find yourself wrapped in a flood of tourists when all you want to do is embrace the culture.

6. Naples

 As one of Italy’s largest cities, Naples is buzzed with a combination of character and style with attractions – both old and new for you to get lost in for days. Naples will give you a true taste of Italy – thanks to its authentic Italian dishes, its cobblestone streets and its breathtaking panoramic views. You can say that Rome is the heart of Italy but Naples is the soul. It’s gritty and it’s chaotic but it’s beautiful and authentic on the same level.

Best time to visit Naples: If you’re planning on visiting Naples, I recommend going in September when temperatures are still hot but hotels are a lot cheaper.

7. Puglia 

 With its white-sand beaches and its crystalline seas, Puglia is many Italians favourite destination during the months of summer. Elected by many publications such as the Conde Nast Traveller and the NY Times as a top destination, Puglia is considered the region of the moment; an exuberant city filled with architecture, a breathtaking coastline and so much more.

Best time to visit Puglia: Spring arrives early in Puglia so you should expect the temperature to rise to its early twenties by the end of April. If you choose to visit in April to mid-May, you also avoid the crowds of tourists visiting on Summer break.

Let me know in the comments below your favourite destinations in Italy!

 

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Some aspects of this post may have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions expressed are my own. For more information, please read my disclaimer

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